The all new Braun MQ777

I live by design and beautiful delicious food makes me happy. My first Braun Hand Mixer made a batch of hummus just before mother’s day, then lay down and died. I got that mixer as a wedding gift in 1993. It was part of my family. 

Braun had taken a rest from the US market. The De’Longhi Group acquired the perpetual license of the household division in fall 2012 and now….Braun is back! The New products are in keeping with the Braun tradition started in 1921 by Max Braun for product design founded on simplicity, purity and functionality that makes the user experience completely intuitive. 

After tasting an entire brunch from Eggs Onsen Style with hollandaise to the Viennese Iced Coffee created on site under the watchful eye of Chef Eduard Frauneder made with the new collection was so delicious I could hardly wait to test drive the MQ777 (So James Bond!!) myself.The only struggle to set up required two foodies with advanced college degrees to remove the paper and the rest was a breeze. Papaya, ginger, lime, jalapeno smoothie followed up with a fava bean and spring pea hummus to accompany a chopped chicken salad with shredded, beets, carrot, fennel, radicchio and endive, dressed with miso vinaigrette and topped with toasted slivered almonds was a dream to prepare. 

The new Braun hand blender is built to give the user more control, featuring a brand new Smart Speed variable control technology inspired by German automotive engineering – allowing you to intuitively change the speed and power of the hand blender using just your touch. The more you squeeze, the more power you get, making it easy to regulate speeds with just one hand. Braun also developed and applied an exclusive PowerBell Technology for the Multiquick hand blenders, combining durable stainless steel blades, super easy to use, change and clean, and a unique bell-shaped blending shaft for fast and finer results – pushing your mixture inside the bell instead of toward the edges of your mixing bowl. 

The Braun Multiquick 7 Hand Blender (model MQ777) comes complete with five attachments, along with the anti-splash shaft – including a whisk, masher, food processor and 20 fl. oz. beaker and the EasyClick system, ensures that all attachments can be removed in one simple click
The Multiquick Hand Blenders, PureMix Countertop Blenders and BrewSense Drip Coffee Makers are available at national retailers and online from 69.95 to 159.99

Sand Mandala at Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

When my friend Anne Kirkup invited me to come to The Asia Society and have a look as the four Monks from the Drigung (Drikung) Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism create an amazingly intricate and beautiful sand mandala in conjunction with the opening of the Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, I practically flew across the park. The position the monks had to maintain, squatting on the floor or perched on small stools looked like the set up for a chiropractor’s dream. And there they were in their saffron and crimson glory. Carefully, with the most delicate and directed touch, bringing color to the drawing, sometimes even blowing delicately to create the proper shape and all I can think of is that crazy cocaine moment in Annie Hall.

A Sand Mandala is a painting, a sacred cosmogram representing the world in perfect harmony. It may be used to focus attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation. The monks use small tubes, funnels, and scrapers, called chak-pur to form the mandala, representing the world in its divine form. 

There are thrills and there are thrills but nothing compares to shaking hands with the monks during their break. All smiles as they gathered in the hallway, I introduced myself and thanked them for their dedication and the beauty they brought to the day. When they offered their hands their grasp was so electric as to make my heart open and sing in ways I had never imagined. Joking and giggling and asking if I would like to be an assistant, their joy was contagious. I always marvel at the playfulness and joy I feel when in the presence of Tibetans.

I practically skipped across the park and back to work.And FYI,The destruction of a sand mandala is also highly ceremonial. The deity syllables are removed in a specific order, as is the rest of the geometry until the mandala is dismantled. The sand is collected in a jar which is then wrapped in silk and transported to a river (or any place with moving water), and released back into nature symbolizing the impermanence of life and the world. I would be delighted to be invited back to observe them, again and again.




"A Musical Celebration of Broadway" - Drama League Gala 2014

Neil Patrick Harris has to be one of the cutest guys ever. This was the second year I co-chaired the Drama League Gala, A Musical Celebration of Broadway, with the amazing Ellen Fox. Aside from being totally gorgeous, Ellen is an absolute dream to work with. I love her because she owns her power. Ellen is a force in the Financial World and sets an amazing example for her daughter and all the women she so generously devotes her time to.

Ellen Fox, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Eller - Drama League Gala 2014

Ellen Fox, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Eller - Drama League Gala 2014

The DL celebrated its 98th year, right there that’s impressive.  The event is the best ticket in town if you love the theater. This year the show was directed by Michael Mayer and Johanna McKeon, two of the many illustrious alumni of The DL’s Director’s Project and they will be Director and Associate Director of the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch Starring NPH which just happens to open on my birthday!

I cant say enough about Neil and the love he generates in the community. The night was magical. Cady Huffman, Audra McDonald, Katie Finneran, Tim Gunn, Stephen Colbert, Norm Lewis and the cast of Rent, were just a few who helped  make the evening so special. For me, the roof blew off the Pierre when Neil’s fiancé of eight years, David Burtka, sang Sondheim’s “Marry Me A Little” from the show Company. Once again I have proved there is no such thing as waterproof mascara as I just wept with happiness feeling the love in that room. Thank god the glue from my lashes held tight.

This pic of Ellen, Neil and me is a special moment. Just as the flashes popped, NPH said “Are you wearing a leather dress? That’s hot!” I replied “…yes I am, and you can borrow it for Hedwig any time” We all laughed and I will remember that moment forever.